Wednesday, September 23, 2015

THE BEST TIME TO PLANT A TREE WAS 20 YEARS AGO:  The Next Best Time Is Right Now - Chinese Proverb

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

       YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
A TREE IS KNOWN BY IT'S FRUIT, A MAN BY HIS DEEDS.  A GOOD DEED IS NEVER LOST, HE WHO SOWS COURTESY REAPS FRIENDSHIP, AND HE WHO PLANTS KINDNESS GATHERS LOVE - Basil

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GO OUT ON A LIMB.  THAT'S WHERE THE FRUIT IS


"Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smitty stands".  Before the Chestnut Blight began killing the chestnut trees, one out of every four trees in America was the American Chestnut.


A SOCIETY GROWS GREAT WHEN OLD MEN PLANT TREES WHOSE SHADE THEY KNOW THEY WILL NEVER SIT IN - Greek Proverb


BLIGHTED CHESTNUT TREE
The Chestnut Blight first hit the American Chestnut trees in New York in 1904 and the fungus spread across the country killing what was believed to be all the American Chestnut trees, some 3,5 Billion trees!  Closely behind the number of chestnut trees was the Elm tree.  That species of tree as far as is known has also been eradicated from the country.  Around 1960 there was a reward of $50,000 for anyone who could find a living American Chestnut.  I hunted then and always looked for but never found a tree.  Thankfully, others have.


THE WOODS ARE LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP.  BUT, I HAVE PROMISES TO KEEP AND MILES TO GO BEFORE I SLEEP - Robert Frost


When an American Chestnut tree is found today, it is immediately protected.  This healthy American Chestnut tree was found in a marsh in Ohio, near Lake Erie.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the tree produces flowers but they aren't viable as there are no other American Chestnut trees to pollinate them.  There is an eagle nest in the top of this tree, which cannot be seen in this picture.

Lumber from American Chestnut trees are an absolute delight to work with, splits easy and straight.  If you see old time rail fences, it is Chestnut.

WHEREVER YOU GO, NO MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER, BRING YOUR OWN SUNSHINE - Anthony J. D'Angelo


Eleven miles up the Ohio River from my home town, Point Pleasant, WV, was the home of Mark Twain's paternal grand parents.  There was a grove of healthy American Chestnuts found on their farm.  It is now the Clements State Tree Nursery.

A TREE NEVER HITS A CAR EXCEPT IN SELF DEFENSE - American Proverb


The Clements State Tree Nursery produces up to 10,000 American Chestnut tree seedlings a year.  Although the seedlings are resistant to the blight, they are not immune.  They are trying to reproduce this great American treasure by producing the seedlings and selling them to those in West Virginia and neighboring states.  If you live in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana or other nearby states, you can participate in this extremely worthwhile effort.



THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING AND I MUST GO - John Muir


BECOME PART OF A LIVING HISTORY
PLANT A TREE



You can call the Clement's State Nursery to order seedlings, or to order a catalog, at 304-675-1820.  The voice you hear will likely have a West Virginia twang!  They will send you a catalog of all their trees.  You can also email them at WWW.WVCOMMERCE.ORG/CLEMENT NURSERY.

WEST VIRGINIA HILLS
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LORD, WE THANK THEE FOR OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD

GOD BLESS YOU

GOD BLESS AMERICA

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